In a recent poll put out by Gallup-Healthways, over one-third of those respondents tracked in America say they skipped visiting the dentist over the last 12 months. Two-thirds of those surveyed in 2013 reported that they did manage a visit to the dentist at one time or more during the calendar year. The poll also found that women are more likely than their male counterparts to report a dental office visit. This new poll was released in late April of this year, and the data from interviews was taken from over 178,000 adults across America. A similar study in 2008 interviewed 354,000 adults and gave similar results. Gallup and Healthways began a partnership in 2008 to last 25 years to “track clinical research and development expertise, health leadership, and behavioral economics in order to understand the key factors that drive well-being.”
Race and Age Seem to Matter
This year’s poll found that a little over half of Hispanic and African American U.S. adults said they visited the dentist in 2013. Comparatively, Asian and White populations in America reported a 70 percent rate of dental office visitation. Age also factored into how often people visited the dentist; adults ages 18-29 were slightly less likely to have visited compared to those older, from middle-aged on. The poll did show that seniors reported visiting the dentist more since the 2008 Gallup-Healthways study, but also that there was decline in visits from those ages 30-44.
Income Also Plays A Factor
Income was the larger factor in the dental office visitation. Households that earn $120,000 or more a year are more than 200% more likely to visit a dentist as those who make only $12,000 a year. The rate for those with higher income levels was around the same as the 2008 study, but that rate has lessened for the other income sectors, particularly lower and middle-income earners within the $24,000 – $60,000 range.
Geography Can Make a Difference
A comparison of regional and geographic factors also remained similar to the original 2008 study, with the South having the lowest dental office visitation at 60% and the East having the highest rate at 69%. The poll also reported that those who are married are more liable to visit a dentist than their single counterparts.
Visits Twice a Year are Recommended
Dr. Lance Heppler and the American Dental Association recommend that all adults visit their dentist at least twice a year. These regular checkups are very important as they can help your dental health provider find any issues that might cause pain or expensive future treatments. Dr. Heppler and his staff at Dental Designs offer many restorative and preventative dental services in their Vancouver, WA dental office and would be happy to make your visit a pleasant experience. Please call our office today to schedule an appointment for your next checkup.